In many ways Pokemon Go is still in beta even if other sources say the testing phase is over (version 0.29.1 at the writing of this opinion piece) and we are the guinea pigs figuring out how the controls work with little to no in-game direction. The only references we have are past gaming apps and mobile-friendly sites and how they have adapted web conventions, which in turn adapted printing conventions (because nothing is original) — why else do we call the computer actions "copy" and "paste" if not for the once popular physical act of copying and pasting? But I digress.
Why I write to you today is to flesh out my own thoughts on the User Interface (UI) glitches of Pokemon Go including case samples of the following topics:
Loading Icon – What does it mean?
Server Issue Page
The two versions of server issue pages seen below show how a tiny change in copy can make a big difference.
The first page was used up until Tuesday, July 12th, and the second version was screen-captured two days later (July 14th). Adjusting the text from center-alignment to left-alignment was a fabulous move. The isolated word "later" on the first version is so irritating compared to the word "response" in the first sentence of the revised copy.
Tiny changes like these will be prevalent in the months to come as Pokemon Go complies data from the smartest place – players.
In this day and age we are so used to buttons, clicks, and taps taking our commands consistently well enough that when a Pokeball button doesn't work (or anything else) it's jarring. The GameBoy and other grandparent-portable Pokemon games were tight and ready for release, but modern Videogames use (and sometimes abuse) the patching system digital gaming allows. From the quality analysis (QA) perspective seeing a game go through these "growing pains" is rewarding, knowing that players are requesting the developers to incorporate this or that (especially proper privacy measures) and they respond with their version of a solution.
(Insert part with Pokemon monster stats, not sure what the blue dashes mean yet. I could search Reddit for hours, or just wait for a nice person in the comments to inform us what they mean).
If anything, PokemonGo may be the Quality Analysis (QA) app for future AR games to reference. So nerdy neat! :)
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